Ethereal watercolours and skittering Mekons

There was a bit more fast-medium today, or maybe we finally dropped to medium-fast. Either way, it was all a bit ethereal. There’s a point in every massive innings where everyone in the field’s just resigned themselves to things. It’s usually about 430. After that, you get a watercolour painting of cricket – wishy-washy and of no real consequence.

Declarations change the vibe considerably. Everything sharpens. You go from each run being a mere 500th of the total where wickets are of no real consequence to a situation where every run feels vital and a wicket is effectively five per cent of the rest of the Test match.

Each of England’s pace bowlers got through 30-odd overs. Somehow only five overs out of 146 were bowled by part-timers. Joe Root bowled four overs on a pitch where the main spinner took five of seven wickets to fall. The next Test starts on Friday.

For his part, Nathan Lyon was good and fresh after being deemed surplus to requirements for the first two Tests. Skittering in with his big Mekon head, he created chances, even if we didn’t see a right lot of Jeff. We saw a nightwatchman though. Not sure why.

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24 Appeals

  1. Is it too soon to start saying Root shouldn’t be opening again?

  2. Strange that Root didn’t bowl more.

    Ian Bell used to be a part time bowler. He even has a Test match wicket. It was a dubious caught and bowled.

    I can tell you one thing – he still bowls on International Cricket Captain. Sometimes he can get through a full ten overs of a 50 over match.

  3. In other news, Ben Dirs is obviously no English cricket fan.

    Funnily enough, when I searched on twitter for people slagging him off, a certain Sam was right at the top of the results.

  4. Deliberately “contre Inverdale”, your comments on Nathan Lyons’ appearance, KC?

    And as for your ethereal watercolours, are they impressionist, post-impressionist or some other school completely?

    Your followers need more detail and clarity to understand you this weekend.

    You haven’t been ingesting the funny fungus again, KC, have you?

  5. At least the weather forecast isn’t very good.

  6. Forgive me if the question stretches the site ethos somewhat, but where will be the best place to park for OT tommorow?

    • King Cricket

      August 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

      This is probably too late, but the best place to park is one of the side streets off Kings Road (where Morrissey used to live) and then walk over the tramline to the ground.

  7. Good test match this. Every time England seem moderately safe, they lose another wicket.

    All results still possible, owing to the state of the series. An England win comes from us adding another 100 tomorrow morning, so being 130 or so behind. If there are only four sessions left in the match due to the weather, as in the forecast, Clarke will be forced to declare with two of those sessions left. That will only be a lead of 200 or so, within the achievable range. Not tremendously likely, I know, but not as daft as it might seem. If it does happen, it will be another arse-clencher.

  8. Wishful thinking Bert. No way would Clarke declare and leave England 200 to win in two sessions to go 3-0 up. Particularly not on a pitch as flat as this. He would rather take his chances on trying to draw the series.

    • We’ll lose three wickets within the first hour tomorrow, then be asked to follow on.

      Said following-on will be ballsed up as much as today was, and we’ll end up setting a target of about 50.


    • On the plus side, maybe they’ll finally be able to drop Jonny ‘Dead Weight’ Bairstow.

  9. A picture (and word) clue for Sam, KC and others:

  10. Meanwhile, never mind the magic mushrooms, we might be in for a real treat of magic Onions at Chester-le-Street in just a few days’ time. Word on “le street” is that he is bowling some truly special stuff again.

  11. Somewhere near Manchester.

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